From Ed Moloney & Anthony McIntyre
July 8th, 2012
After consulting with our attorneys, Eamonn Dornan and JJ Cotter we have agreed to consider a motion for a re-hearing of the case en banc* because there are issues of exceptional importance raised in the judgement of the First Circuit Federal Appeals Court which the court did not properly address. Not least of these are our constitutional right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment including the protection of academic research; our rights, not least to life, under the Fifth Amendment and the fact that this is the first time in US legal history that a Federal Appeals court has dealt with the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) under this particular section 18 USC 3512.
We continue to keep our legal options in the Belfast courts open.
*An en banc hearing would mean that the case would be re-heard in front of the entire bench of the First Circuit appeals court.